Tony Greene passes away; obituary
Tony Greene of the Greenes passed away at 4:30 this afternoon. He was removed from a ventilator around noon, and word inaccurately spread that he had passed away then; he actually kept breathing for several hours. But at 2:00, his brother-in-law Dean Hopper said that it was a “matter of time.” Hopper added that friends and family, including Gerald Wolfe, Amy Lambert, and, of course Dean and Kim Hopper and TaRanda Greene joined Tony in the hospital during his final hours to “sing him into glory.”
Greene grew up in Boone, North Carolina. He started singing with his brother Tim, sister Kim, and father Everette in 1979. Though they made their first recording together in 1980, they did not come to national prominence until the later ’80s, by that point as a sibling trio. Kim left in 1989 to join her husband, Dean Hopper, in the Hoppers; she was replaced by Amy Lambert, and later by Milena Parks. Tony’s future spouse, TaRanda Greene, came on board the Greenes’ bus in 1998. Tony and TaRanda dated for some time; he memorably proposed on the NQC Mainstage about ten years ago (NQC 1999?), and she said yes. Their collaboration over the last twelve years brought many new fans to the group.
He is survived by his wife, TaRanda Greene, and two daughters, Isabella (Belle), age 6, and Jocelyn (Josie), age 2 1/2. He is also survived by his brother Tim Greene, and his sister Kim Greene Hopper, and their families.
Funeral arrangements are here.